foundering Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun (of a ship) sinking
    going under.
  2. verb fail utterly; collapse
    founder; flop; fall through; fall flat.
    • The project foundered
  3. verb sink below the surface
  4. verb break down, literally or metaphorically
    collapse; founder; give; give way; break; cave in; fall in.
    • The wall collapsed
    • The business collapsed
    • The dam broke
    • The roof collapsed
    • The wall gave in
    • The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice
  5. verb stumble and nearly fall
    • the horses foundered